Colour photograph of the Director of the Exhibition Trustees, Mr John Elden, with Mr Ken Thorpe, Director of Thomson Exhibitions, at the Australian International Engineering Exhibition held at the Royal Exhibition Buildings in August 1983. The exhibition opened on the 1 August.

This is one of 959 photographs (or images) of the Exhibition Building collated by the Exhibition Trustees as a 10 volume pictorial history of the Exhibition Building spanning the years 1880 to 1985. The pictorial history was instigated by the centenary of the Exhibition Building in 1980 and forms part of a larger Royal Exhibition Building collection of documents, photographs, objects and research files.

Description of Content

John Elden and Ken Thorpe sharing a laugh at the Australian International Engineering Exhibition at the Royal Exhibition Building in August 1983.

Physical Description

A colour photographic print on a page of a photograph album. There is a printed caption below the photograph.


The Exhibition Trustees' album containing this photograph provides an invaluable visual record of past maintenance and restoration work undertaken on the Royal Exhibition Buildings prior to the building being recognised with a World Heritage Listing in 2004.

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